SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI


THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S



I died a hundred times, says an ecstatic Rathore
Athens, August 17
After bringing India its first ever individual silver at the Olympics since Independence, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said that the atmosphere at the Markopoulo Shooting Centre here was so tense that he "died a hundred times."

Nation celebrates Rathore’s silver medal win
India’s Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, silver medallist in double trap shooting, poses with gold medal winner Sheikh Ahmed Al-Maktoum of the UAE and bronze medallist Wang Zeng of China
India’s Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (L), silver medallist in double trap shooting, poses with gold medal winner Sheikh Ahmed Al-Maktoum (C) of the UAE and bronze medallist Wang Zeng of China at the Markopoulo shooting centre in Athens on Tuesday. — AFP photo

India rally to win a thriller against South Africa
Athens, August 17
Fuelled by silver medal triumph of Rajvardhan Singh Rathore in the morning, Indian hockey team fired all its cylinders in the last minute to score two goals against South Africa to emerge convincing 4-2 winners in the most memorable day for the country in the XXVIII Olympics here today.
Gagan Ajit Singh shouts as he celebrates team's victory with Dhanraj Pillay Gagan Ajit Singh, center, shouts as he celebrates team's victory with Dhanraj Pillay at the Olympic Games in Athens on Tuesday. — AP/PTI photo


New Zealand's Boucher Dillon argues with China's Yao Ming
New Zealand's Boucher Dillon argues with China's Yao Ming during their men's basketball match at the Olympic Games in Athens on Tuesday. China won 69-62. — Reuters

EARLIER STORIES
  Athens Diary  
For Greeks, Indians are synonymous with hockey
“I
still remember Nargis as I had seen many of her movies in 50s,” recalls Ioannis Karologos, a member of 1952 Greek Olympic water polo team, holding that “India always fascinated me.

Sohail shines in Pakistan’s huge win
Athens, August 17
Sohail Abbas proved yet again why he is considered the world's best drag flicker by scoring four goals in Pakistan's 7-0 thrashing of Egypt in an Olympic men's hockey pool A match here today.

Argentina hold Australia 2-2
Athens, August 17
Latin American champions Argentina put behind their shock defeat against South Africa and held hot favourites Australia 2-2 to snatch a point in pool B of the Olympic hockey competition here today. In pool A, Sydney Olympic runners-up South Korea pipped Britain 3-2 to collect full three points.

Matias Paredes (L) of Argentina celebrates after scoring against Australia along with team-mate Juan Pablo Hourquebie during their pool B hockey match in Athens on Tuesday. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. — Reuters photo
Matias Paredes of Argentina celebrates after scoring against Australia along with team-mate Juan Pablo Hourquebie during their pool B hockey match in Athens

Indian athletes start campaign today
Athens, August 17
India’s top athletes will join the nation’s stuttering Olympic campaign from tomorrow, with hardly any realistic chance of winning a medal but hoping to at least put up a show worthy enough to be noticed.

Can Malleswari do an encore?
Athens, August 17
The 75-strong Indian contingent, which has drawn a blank in its medal hunt in the first three days at the Olympics here, would be looking up to Sydney games bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari when she climbs the weightlifting stage to start her campaign in the 63kg women’s class tomorrow.

Shikha Tandon has nothing at stake
Athens, August 17
When she plunges into the pool in the 100m freestyle event tomorrow, even her staunchest supporter does not expect Shikha Tandon achieving the qualifying marks to reach the final in the 28th Olympic Games here.

Japan gymnasts upstage USA, China
Athens, August 17
Japan revived memories of their glorious gymnastics past when they upstaged favourites China and the USA to snatch the Olympic men’s team gold for the first time in 28 years yesterday.

China revels in golden harvest
Beijing, August 17
China is in the grip of a gold rush. Olympic fever is keeping tens of millions of Chinese awake and watching television into the early hours as their sports heroes leap to the top of the medal standings, amassing 10 gold medals in just four days at the Athens Games. Colour pictures of athletes fill the newspapers, sports writers pump out fulsome biographies and interviews with medal winners and television serves up a rich diet of Olympic programming, sweeping aside popular soap operas and game shows. 

China’s Li Ting and Lao Lishi show their gold medals after they won the women’s synchronised 10m platform diving final
China’s Li Ting (L) and Lao Lishi show their gold medals after they won the women’s synchronised 10m platform diving final in Athens on Monday. — Reuters photo

Five-star luxury for horses
Athens, August 17
For the only animals competing at the Olympics, Athens offered pure luxury today. Every horse competing over the tough cross-country course was given five-star treatment afterwards — ice-cool rub-downs, de-misting fans and a vet to check for signs of stress.

A combination photograph shows Canada's Christine Robinson watching the dying seconds of her team's waterpolo loss A combination photograph shows Canada's Christine Robinson watching the dying seconds of her team's waterpolo loss to Russia at the Olympic Games in Athens on Monday. Russia beat Canada 8-6. — Reuters

Hoogenband, Phelps ‘Thorpedoed’
Athens, August 17
Ian Thorpe became Australia’s greatest Olympian and staked a claim to being the best swimmer of his generation when he won “the race of the century” at Athens yesterday.

Australians hail Thorpe’s record
Melbourne, August 17
Bleary-eyed Australians hailed swimmer Ian Thorpe today after he won the 200 metres freestyle in Athens to become the sports-mad nation’s greatest Olympian with five gold medals. Ominously for the rest of the swimming world, they expect him to go on and win more in Athens and then Beijing in 2008. Making a weary way to work after the overnight race, Australians were greeted with photographs of Thorpe punching the air and the words ‘’I’m Not Done Yet’’, a warning that he is already eyeing Beijing.

Ian Thorpe of Australia rejoices after winning the 200m freestyle swimming gold in Athens on Monday. — AP/PTI photo
Ian Thorpe of Australia rejoices after winning the 200m freestyle swimming gold in Athens

Greek sprinters leave hospital
Athens, August 17
Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou, at the centre of a doping case dogging the Olympics, sped out of an Athens hospital today, their first appearance in public for five days.

Henin-Hardenne getting into her stride
Athens, August 17
World No 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne, sidelined for 11 weeks by a debilitating virus, swept into the third round of the Olympic tennis tournament today with a straight sets win over Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela. The Belgian won 6-2 6-1 in a much-improved performance on her nervous start in the first round.
Justine Henin-Hardenn of Belgium celebrates victory America's Venus Williams waves to the crowd Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia returns to Akiko Morigami of Japan
Justine Henin-Hardenn of Belgium celebrates victory against Venezuela's Maria Vento-Kabchi after their women's second round Olympic tennis tournament match at the Olympic Games in Athens on Tuesday. — Reuters America's Venus Williams waves to the crowd at the end of the second round singles Olympic Games match against Slovakia's Maja Matevzic at the Tennis Complex in Athens on Tuesday. Venus won 6-0, 6-0. — AP/PTI  Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia returns to Akiko Morigami of Japan during their women's second round Olympic Games tennis tournament match in Athens on Tuesday. — Reuters

Intruder causes security shake-up
ATHENS:
A Canadian husband’s love for his wife has led to a tightening up of security in all Olympic venues, Greek organisers announced here on Tuesday. The order to step up security was given after a spectator at the synchronised diving, dressed in a tutu and clown shoes, mounted one of the boards and plunged into the water on Monday evening.

Spectators cheer as they watch a preliminary beach volleyball match Spectators cheer as they watch a preliminary beach volleyball match at the Olympic Games in Athens on Tuesday. — Reuters


Muralitharan to be back after 5 months
Melbourne, August 17
Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan had shoulder surgery overnight and will be back to full fitness in five months, the off spinner’s surgeon David Young said today. “He’ll have his arm in a sling for four weeks and after about three months he will start bowling,’’ Young told Reuters.

Indian cricket captain Sauruv Ganguly being given a farewell
Indian cricket captain Sauruv Ganguly being given a farewell as the Indian team prepares to leave for Holland for the Videocon tri-series from Mumbai on Monday. 

Ajit Agarkar with wife prepares to leave for Holland for the Videocon tri-series from Mumbai
Ajit Agarkar with wife prepares to leave for Holland for the Videocon tri-series from Mumbai on Monday night. —PTI photos

Impressive win for Jharkhand eves
Kapurthala, August 17
Defending champions Jharkhand began their campaign in great style by scoring an impressive 5-1 victory over Mizoram in group ‘A’ match on the inaugural day of the 17th Dhanoa Sub-Junior National Women Hockey Championship at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today. The winners led 3-1 at half time. After settling down, the Jharkhand girls started displaying their class and Anima put her team ahead with a brilliant field goal in the 12th minute. Six minutes later, she again was on target with another field goal.

Prakharvel hits the bull’s eye for gold
New Delhi, August 17
Prakharvel Kulshrestha hit the bull’s eye with unfailing regularity to lift the gold in the 10-metre air pistol event of the Haryana State Shooting Championship held at the Karni Singh Shooting Ranges here.  Prakharvel, who is the son of Arjuna Awardee Rachna Govil, pipped Vishal Chaudhary and Surya Pratap Singh to the gold with his consistent display. He shot 339 while Vishal finished second at 333 and Surya third at 295.

Punjab Colts triumph
Chennai, August 17
Punjab Colts gained eight points by registering a nine-wicket victory over Air Sahara in their first Group B league match in the Sahara Buchi Babu All India Invitation Cricket Tournament at the MA Chidambaram stadium here today. Set a target of 64 to win, Punjab Colts, helped by an unbeaten 25 (24 b, 5x4) by Simaranjit Singh, scored 67 losing one wicket in 10.2 overs. Earlier, resuming at 95 for five, Air Sahara were bowled out again for a paltry 143 in 40.3 overs.

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I died a hundred times, says an ecstatic Rathore
M.R. Mishra

Athens, August 17
After bringing India its first ever individual silver at the Olympics since Independence, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said that the atmosphere at the Markopoulo Shooting Centre here was so tense that he "died a hundred times."

"Yes, I was a little tense. I died a hundred times there but everything went off well," Rathore said after his historic performance.

"I had worked hard for this moment. I was confident also that I could do it," the 34-year old Army Major said.

Rathore was obviously ecstatic after winning India's first medal here, which he said should inspire lot of youngsters in the future.

"It is a great feeling, something very special. I am happy I could win a silver for my country."

He said his Athens triumph was not only a personal glory and hoped it would also inspire a whole new generation of shooters.

"I am not only happy that it is the first silver since Independence. As far as I am concerned, this silver should inspire a lot of other young people.

"Cricket is a very important game in India, I also like cricket. But my achievement should encourage youngsters to take up other disciplines like shooting.

"I hope we can win more medals for the country."

There was a tinge of sadness as his mind went back in memory. "I had taken part in lot of tournaments and it was a bit of a struggle to arrange for the funds. Anyway, this medal means a lot to me." he added. —PTI

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Nation celebrates Rathore’s silver medal win

Gayatri , wife of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, distributing sweets to their family members at their New Delhi
Gayatri (left), wife of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, distributing sweets to their family members at their New Delhi residence on her husband winning a historic silver medal in men's double trap finals in Athens on Tuesday. —PTI photo

New Delhi, August 17
India celebrated as shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the country's first medal at the Athens Olympics today, making up for a lacklustre performance so far by the rest of the national contingent.

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi were among those who congratulated Rathore, a Major in the Indian Army, for winning the country's first individual silver medal at the Olympics since 1947.

Rathore's colleagues from the 9 Grenadiers Regiment thronged his quarters at Delhi Cantonment on Tuesday evening to share their joy with his mother Manju and wife, but they had already been whisked away to a TV studio for an interview.

The two women, appearing on state-run Doordarshan channel, said it was Rathore's determination that had helped him achieve the feat.

"He trained day and night and did a lot of meditation throughout," said mother Manju. The Delhi Cantonment was abuzz with celebration as dozens of army officers and soldiers went about congratulating one another on the achievement. Many of them were glued to TV news channels that repeatedly beamed footage of Rathore in action and proudly showing off his silver medal.

"I have served with Rathore, who has always showed potential as a marksman but today he has proved his capability beyond doubt," said Col. R.S. Dhull. "Our regiment is not just a basic fighting wing of the army but it is also home to great sportsmen."

As the shooter's colleagues and friends kept arriving at his house with tubs of ice cream and chocolates to celebrate, President Kalam lauded Rathore for doing the nation proud by winning the silver medal in the double trap event at the Olympics.

"This is a reward for your hard work which has brought unprecedented joy to the whole nation. I wish the other participants all success in the future events," said Kalam, who is the supreme commander of the armed forces.

Manmohan Singh said it was not only Rathore's many fans, but the entire nation that was delighted by the news of his winning the silver.

He exhorted the Indian Olympics contingent to draw "inspiration from Rathore's feat to bring glory to the nation", said an official statement.

Sonia Gandhi, the chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), said India was proud of Rathore. "We are proud of your performance and do wish team India best of luck in their endeavour."

Rathore (34) broke the jinx that seemed to have been dogging the 75-member Indian contingent with other medal hopefuls crashing out in preliminary rounds.

Only once in the past had India won a silver at the Olympics - in hockey at the 1960 Rome Olympics. However, many contend that a silver medal won by Norman Pritchard, a British soldier serving in India, at the 1900 Paris Olympics, had been credited to the country.

Terming Rathore's medal-winning feat as a proud moment for the armed forces, Indian Army chief, Gen. N.C. Vij, said the army had given special support to the marksman and it had paid off.

Rathore's father Col. L.S. Rathore, who also served with the 9 Grenadiers, could not be reached for comments as he was away at Jaipur in Rajasthan. —IANS

Chandigarh: In his congratulary message, "Flying Sikh" Milkha Singh said Rathore had done the country proud with his historic efforts and appealed to others Indian players in Athens to try and emulate Rathore. —TNS

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India rally to win a thriller against South Africa
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Athens, August 17
Fuelled by silver medal triumph of Rajvardhan Singh Rathore in the morning, Indian hockey team fired all its cylinders in the last minute to score two goals against South Africa to emerge convincing 4-2 winners in the most memorable day for the country in the XXVIII Olympics here today.

The win, their first, now puts the team back in the hunt for last four positions from the pool. South Africa had toppled Pan American champions Argentina 2-1 in the opener on Monday while India had lost to defending champions Holland 1-3.

The hero of India’s triumph was none other than mercurial Dhanraj Pillay, supported by hard working Baljeet Dhillon and skipper Dilip Tirkey. Ever dependable Gagan Ajit capped in with an opportunist goal with just 25 seconds from the final whistle.

Though India ended with a convincing win, yet the first half was least to its liking as like the first game, it conceded an early lead. Robust South Africans not only capitalized on gaping holes in the Indian defense but also exploited their loose marking to the full.

It was South Africa which drew the first blood in the seventh minute. Their first penalty corner saw Nicol Greg and Craig Fulton exchanging a few passes before the latter found the net.

Incidentally three of six goals in the match came from nine penalty corners awarded during the match. India scored two from five while South Africa had one from four. Indian goals came from direct hits by Gagan Ajit Singh and skipper Dilip Tirkey.

Sitting pretty with 1-0 lead and Indian team in total disarray, continuous offensive by South Africans paid dividends in the 12th minute Unmarked Evan Steven broke into circle and had a mighty swipe at the goal which Adrian D’Souza padded but failed to kick off the danger. Craig Fulton pounced upon the opportunity and slammed the ball home to the great dismay of Indians.

Though the South Africans started fading away, Indian players were still not able to put their game together till midway in the first half. It was in 26th minute that from their first penalty corner, Dilip Tirkey took a direct shot which was blocked by goalkeeper. From the rebound, Dhanraj Pillay made no mistake. In fact Dhanraj tried to repeat the same from the fourth penalty corner also but this time the ball went over the cross piece.

After changing over, it was Dhanraj Pillay who was in his element again. In the 40th minute, he weaved his magic to enter the striking circle and earned India its second penalty corner. This time it was Baljeet Dhillon who flicked in to bring the teams at par.

A brilliant save by goalkeeper Adrian prevented South Africans from taking any further lead from their fourth penalty corner.

Dominating exchanges Indians continued to mount pressure and had to wait till the last minute and their fifth penalty corner to clinch the issue. This time Dilip sounded the board with a direct hit and Gagan Ajit Singh capped it with a brilliant field goal after the best move of the game was worked out by the forward line.

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Athens Diary  
For Greeks, Indians are synonymous with hockey
Prabhjot Singh

“I still remember Nargis as I had seen many of her movies in 50s,” recalls Ioannis Karologos, a member of 1952 Greek Olympic water polo team, holding that “India always fascinated me. I am happy that Indian shooter won a silver medal today.”

Ioannis hopes Indian hockey, which has always fascinated him, would return home with a medal. “They compare Helsinki with Athens because both Finland and Greece are economically weaker nations. In Helsinki I remember India had won two medals, one in hockey and the other in wrestling. This time again, they will carry two or more medals,” Ioannis told The Tribune here.

Greeks have a soft corner for Indians, not because of many similarities in their life styles, habits and attitudes but also because of their common identity of upcoming economic forces.

For the locals, Indians and hockey are synonymous. They expect and want both India and Pakistan to do well in the sport.

“But otherwise, Olympics are becoming too big and unwieldy. Sufferers are smaller and economically weaker nations like Greece, India and Pakistan,” rues Ioannis, holding “how we can match the developed nations in technology, infrastructure and resources. Can you Acropolis, the birth place of democracy in the world. But does the present day Olympics provide equal opportunity and equal chances to all. Perhaps, they do not. It is why the gap, instead of narrowing down, is growing bigger.”

Ioannis has a point. If one looks at the response of Olympic revelers, Athens appears nowhere compared to Sydney, Atlanta or even Barcelona.

None of his two sons is in sports. “Sports does not pay you much. I have my own business . I remained associated with water sports for about 25 years as a trainer. But now I do go for an occasional swim or a game of water polo,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Indian community, elated at the success of shooter Rajvardhan Singh Rathore, is planning a major celebration here where it hopes to invite and felicitate the entire contingent.

Some of the Indians from other European countries, including from Germany, England, Italy, France and Holland, are here. “We expect more now after Rathore has given us a medal,” adds Kulwant Singh from Germany.

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Sohail shines in Pakistan’s huge win

Athens, August 17
Sohail Abbas proved yet again why he is considered the world's best drag flicker by scoring four goals in Pakistan's 7-0 thrashing of Egypt in an Olympic men's hockey pool A match here today.

Three of Abbas's goals came from his deadly drag-flicks from penalty corners while the he scored the fourth off a penalty stroke against the hapless African champions.

Kashif Jawaid scored the first two goals for the side in the third and 12th minute as Pakistan got off to a great start, couple of days after losing their first tie against Germany.

Captain Nadeem Muhammed also joined in the goal feast with a field goal in the 15th minute before Sohail stamped his authority on the match.

The 23-year-old, who is the world's second highest goal scorer, sounded the board twice in each halves.

His goals came in the 30th, 33rd, 38th and 58 minute to script a huge win for Pakistan.

Latin American champions Argentina put behind their shock defeat against South Africa and held hot favourites Australia 2-2 to snatch a point in pool B of the Olympic hockey competition here today.

In pool A, Sydney Olympic runners-up South Korea pipped Britain 3-1 to collect full three points.

In a keenly fought encounter, Argentina played an aggressive game and forced their famed rivals to be on the defensive for most of the time. —PTI

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Argentina hold Australia 2-2
Harpal Singh Bedi

Athens, August 17
Latin American champions Argentina put behind their shock defeat against South Africa and held hot favourites Australia 2-2 to snatch a point in pool B of the Olympic hockey competition here today.

In pool A, Sydney Olympic runners-up South Korea pipped Britain 3-2 to collect full three points.

In a keenly fought encounter, Argentina played an aggressive game and forced their famed rivals to be on the defensive for most of the time.

Argentina rattled the Australians by taking a lead in the very second minute through Mario Almada, who took advantage of the unsettled rival defence to shot home.

The stunned Aussies took time to get their act together but once they found their rhythm, they made several incisive raids into the rival defence.

The repeated attacks fetched the Aussies a penalty corner in the 26th minute and Jamie Dwyer converted it to draw parity for his side.

The equaliser was followed by some furious attacks and counter- attacks with Argentina having the lion’s share of the ball. The Australian citadel crumbled for the second time four minutes before half-time when Mario Almada again capitalised on the defensive lapse to shoot home and give his team the lead for the second time.

In a bitter second session, the Australians made desperate attempts to equalise but the solid Argentine defence frustrated all their efforts.

Argentina looked all set for three points but their defence committed a fatal mistake four minutes before the final whistle and Jamie Dwyer shot home the equaliser, much to the relief of his team-mates.

Australia now have four points from two outings, having beaten New Zealand in the opener. Argentina have one point from two outings.

In the other match, Korea scored the match winner against Britain through Lee Jung Seon two minutes before the final hooter.

Korea, who had drawn their first tie, took the lead in the 15th minute through Lee Jung Seon who was set up by Song Seung Tee. The Koreans held on to the lead till the 45th minute.

Ten minutes into the second session, an incisive move enabled Britain draw parity when Danny Hall intercepted a free hit.

The Koreans regained the lead within two minutes when, following a counter attack, Yeo Woon Kon scored an identical goal to Hall’s at the other end. He got in between the two defenders to shoot the ball through the legs of Simon Mason.

In a thrilling counter-attack, Britain again drew parity through Niall Stott who tapped the ball home after being set up by Danny Hall. This was in the 52nd minute.

But with just two minutes remaining, Lee scored his second and the team’s third goal, with a perfectly executed penalty corner drag flick to make it 3-2.

With just seconds remaing, Britain earned two quick penalty corners but they failed to convert them and lost the match and the points. Britain now have three points from two outings while Korea have four. — UNI

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Indian athletes start campaign today

Athens, August 17
India’s top athletes will join the nation’s stuttering Olympic campaign from tomorrow, with hardly any realistic chance of winning a medal but hoping to at least put up a show worthy enough to be noticed.

Barring ace long jumper Anju Bobby George, none of the other athletes appear to belong to the elite list to cause a stir in the Olympic arena which will see the world’s big guns battle for glory.

The Indian athletes have had an extensive build-up to the mega event but it remains to be seen whether they can lift the general pall of gloom that has descended on the Indian camp with one day after another going without a medal.

An India-based British soldier Norman Pritchard has been the only one to win medals in athletics when he claimed two silver medals in the Paris games in 1900 but a century has lapsed since any other athlete has made it to the medal podium.

Seasoned shot putter Bahadur Singh will set the bail rolling for the Indians with men’s shot put final scheduled on the opening day of athletic competitions tomorrow at the Olympia Stadium.

After a day of rest, the athletic action will resume at the Main Olympic Stadium from August 20 with India scheduled to take part in heptathlon, men a discuss throw, women discus throw and men’s 400m run.

There have been some great performances in the past like those of Milkha Singh, Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, Sriram Singh and P.T. Usha, to speak of a few, who have come close to standing on the medal podium in Olympics. But with competitions becoming much stiffer these days, it would really need an outstanding performance to be able to even come within sniffing distance of a medal.

India have fielded 19 athletes, including 14 women, for the games with the selection being on the basis of those reaching the qualification marks.

With a bronze medal in the World Athletic Championship in Paris last year, long jumper Anju will be India’s main medal hope.

Anju, the flag bearer of the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony, is currently ranked fifth in the world and is hoping “to peak at the right time” — her event is scheduled just a couple of days before the closing ceremony.

Much of the credit for the 27-year-old Customs Officer’s rise to fame goes to Mike Powell, under whom she trained in California last year. She won the title at the Modesto relays with a jump of 6.65m after which she was ranked 13th in the world. Then began her journey in the European circuit where she competed in a series of Grand Prix meets.

The Indian champion has quite a few rivals to beat, including American star Marion Jones who is under a cloud related to drug abuse.

The other notable rivals for the Indian are French world champion Eunice Barber, ranked joint fourth end-July with Anju, and a set of strong challengers from Russia, including world indoor champion and world No 2 Tatyana Lebedeva and world No 1 Tatyana Kotova.

In the tune-up to the Athens games, Anju has cleared over 6.80m twice — 6.82 and 6.83m to be precise — at Doha, Qatar and at Eugene, Oregon, but both the efforts were wind-assisted.

With a best effort of 6.66m this year without the help of wind, the national record holder (6.74 m) has relied on an extensive training abroad to fulfil a long cherished dream of winning an Olympic medal.

The Indian ace has rubbed shoulders with the best in the world over the last couple of years and must be fairly confident of her own ability to withstand the pressure which would be huge in an Olympic arena.

None of the other Indian athletes seem to have any chance at all for a medal and would be more keen to at least try and achieve their personal best. Often athletes, for some strange reason, even fail to reach anywhere near their best mark at the games.

The best-ranked individual, from among the rest, is seasoned woman discus thrower Neelam Singh who is 15th and the other two women discus throwers, Seema Antil and Harwant Kaur, who occupied the 25th and 32nd spots, respectively, at the end of July.

All the three women discus throwers had attained the Olympic ‘A’ norm to qualify for the games, while some others like men’s one-lap racer KM Binu, women’s 200m and 400m runners Saraswati Saha and Rajwinder Kaur have attained the ‘B’ norm to make it to the Athens-bound squad. — PTI

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Can Malleswari do an encore?

Athens, August 17
The 75-strong Indian contingent, which has drawn a blank in its medal hunt in the first three days at the Olympics here, would be looking up to Sydney games bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari when she climbs the weightlifting stage to start her campaign in the 63kg women’s class tomorrow.

The Andhra Pradesh-born lifter, who has come out of retirement to take part in the Athens games, will try to recapture the form by taking advantage of the absence of any lifter from the all-powerful China in her weight class and repeat her medal-winning feat.

As the situation stands in her weight category, there are only two lifters — Hanna Batsiushka of Belarus and Natalya Shakun of Ukrain — above Malleswari who have been credited with lifts of 240 kg.

Malleswari’s personal best has been 235 kg with her reduced weight. She had lifted 240 kg for the bronze medal in the 69kg division four years ago.

The tally of Batsiushka and Shakun, however, is less than China’s Chen Xiaomin, the defending champion with a record lift of 242.5 kg. The Chinese is not scheduled to make an appearance in this category here.

Hanna holds the world record in snatch (113.5kg) while Shakun lifted a record 138kg in clean and jerk. The two had contested in the 58 kg class at Sydney.

And Hayet Sassi of Tunisia and Anastasia Tsakiri of Greece are the other lifters with a lift of 230 kg who seem to be in the Indian’s way to the podium.

Malleswari, who is joint 17th along with Nora Koppel of Argentina in the 75kg division, also has her compatriot Prathima Kumari, who has a maximum lift of 210kg, in the same division.

But Prathima, who is among the top 15 in the world, is suffering from backache after the lifters’ training stint in Belarus and is unlikely to make a ripple.

Chief coach Pal Singh Sandhu had said before the team’s departure that the lifters had trained well at Belarus for one-and-a-half months, but added, “Training doesn’t only mean improving. To maintain one’s world-class performance is also very difficult.”

Compatriots Kunjarani Devi (48kg) and Sanamacha Chanu (53kg) are already out of the competition. — PTI

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Shikha Tandon has nothing at stake

Athens, August 17
When she plunges into the pool in the 100m freestyle event tomorrow, even her staunchest supporter does not expect Shikha Tandon achieving the qualifying marks to reach the final in the 28th Olympic Games here.

In a field of eight, the Indian has all seven competitors with better qualifying timings and this is not her pet event.

Shikha is also participating in the women’s 50m freestyle here.

Trained in the USA, Shikha maintains she has no illusions and reiterated that her aim would be to come up with her personal best.

She become the first Indian woman to complete the 50m event in less than 27 seconds in the national aquatic meet while her personal best in 100m freestyle is 58.32 seconds, her qualifying timing.

Shikha won silver in 50m freestyle and bronze in 100m at the Malaysia Open in June this year.

However, she came to terms with the intense competition in the World Championship-2001 in Japan and the one this year at Barcelona where she could not finish even among top 40 in both events.

In her field tomorrow, eyes will be on Linda McEachrane (Trinidad and Tobago) and Yelena Skalinskaya of Kazakhstan — both registered an impressive 58 seconds as qualifying timing.

Agnese Ozolona (58.40) and Yi Chieh Sung (58.80) will also be there to give others a good run for their money. Intensifying the competition will be Vanessa Garcia (58.14) and Irina Shlemova (58.29).

Even Nicoleta Coica(58.31) entered the event with a better timing than the Indian
swimmer. — UNI

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Japan gymnasts upstage USA, China

Japan’s Takehiro Kashima finishes his vault during the artistic gymnastics team final in Athens
Japan’s Takehiro Kashima finishes his vault during the artistic gymnastics team final in Athens on Monday. Japan won the gold in the event for the first time since 1976. — Reuters photo

Athens, August 17
Japan revived memories of their glorious gymnastics past when they upstaged favourites China and the USA to snatch the Olympic men’s team gold for the first time in 28 years yesterday.

A consistent performance on all six apparatus helped Japan to sneak ahead of early trailblazers, the USA, and take the title with a total of 173.821, just 0.888 of a point ahead of the second-placed Americans.

Romania, who had led going into the final round, had to settle for bronze after their title bid came crashing down on the horizontal bar.

Defending champions China paid the price for a stumbling start on the floor exercise and trailed in fifth place.

Japan won the last of their five successive men’s team gold medals in 1976 when the great Mitsuo Tsukahara was among their ranks.

Today, it was his son Naoya who proudly showed off his team gold at the Olympic Indoor Hall after the Japanese class of 2004 finally ended years of frustration to claim the ultimate prize in men’s gymnastics.

Having set the standard for the finals by qualifying ahead of favourites China and the USA, Japan’s title hopes had initially appeared to be in jeopardy.

Tsukahara was first to take centre stage on the floor exercise but he and his two team-mates failed to impress the judges and left Japan trailing in seventh place at the end of the first rotation.

With the 6-3-3 format — in which only three of the six gymnasts from each team compete on any one apparatus and all their scores count towards the team total — leaving no room for error, the Japanese men knew they had to get back their focus quickly.

As Paul Hamm led the US charge with a dynamic performance on the floor, which included a double-twisting double-layout opening tumble and earned him a score of 9.750, the Japanese men looked on from the sidelines and gave each other encouraging nods.

By the end of the next rotation, Japan had pulled themselves up to third place.

Their effortless scissor movements across the pommel horse drew rapturous applause from the loud Japanese contingent in the arena and a high combined score of 29.075.

Going into the final round, only Romania stood between them and the gold.

But the pressure on the Romanians to win what would have been their first ever men’s team gold got to Razvan Selariu who lost his grip during one of his daring release and catch combinations on the horizontal bar and crashed to the mat.

Selariu dragged himself up to complete his routine but his disappointment was etched all over his face. As he hesitantly walked back to his seat, the Romanians knew their chance of glory had evaporated.

Hiroyuki Tomita was the last man to go on the bar and as soon as he nailed his dismount, the Japanese men erupted into wild celebrations even before his mark flashed up on the scoreboard. — Reuters

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China revels in golden harvest

China's Lao Lishi and Li Ting dive to win the gold medal
China's Lao Lishi, front, and Li Ting dive to win the gold medal in the Women's 10-meter synchronized platform diving event at the Olympic Games in Athens on Monday. — AP/PTI

Beijing, August 17
China is in the grip of a gold rush. Olympic fever is keeping tens of millions of Chinese awake and watching television into the early hours as their sports heroes leap to the top of the medal standings, amassing 10 gold medals in just four days at the Athens Games.

Colour pictures of athletes fill the newspapers, sports writers pump out fulsome biographies and interviews with medal winners and television serves up a rich diet of Olympic programming, sweeping aside popular soap operas and game shows. Every few minutes, the Chinese national anthem rings out on one of the many state-run television channels along with yet another shot of China’s red flag rising above a Greek stadium.

“Due to the five-hour time difference, millions of Chinese sports fans have to sit before their televisions, sometimes until daybreak,” said the China Daily newspaper today. “But each gold medal Chinese athletes win comes as a prize for our loud shouts of ‘come on’ from thousands of miles away.”

China has one of the biggest teams at the games, a total of 407 athletes. Many are household names at home. Olympic programming is running almost round the clock on three stations run by China Central Television.

“Big gold medal harvest today. Another day for China at Athens Olympics” screamed a banner headline on the Xinhua news agency’s Olympic website www.xinhuanet.com/olympic/index.htm after China won six gold medals yesterday.

Ambitions are high. “Conservative estimates say we should win at least 20 gold medals, while some optimistic guesses put it at over 30 ... However, since China has one quarter of the world’s population, we should be able to win even more than that,” said one Xinhua commentary. China is the world’s most populous nation with more than 1.3 billion people.

With more than 10 gold medals still up for grabs in such traditionally strong events as table tennis, badminton and weightlifting, China’s athletes have solid chances of surpassing the national goal of 20 gold medals.

They could even match the 28-gold haul at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. More sober voices are advising against hubris.

A Xinhua report forecast a bump in the road today, with the team having medal chances in only two or three events. At a Sunday news conference widely covered by domestic media, Chinese team spokeswoman He Huixian cautioned against overconfidence.

“She warned that any tiny mistake could cost China a lot, citing the example of Li’s defeat in weightlifting,” Xinhua reported yesterday. Li Zhuo, who had to settle for silver in the women’s 48-kg class, is one of several heavily favoured Chinese athletes who have failed to live up to expectations.

Among the most disappointing results was the fifth-place flop of the men gymnasts in the team event. While the national anthem interrupts television coverage throughout the day, little mention is made of Olympic losses.

China prefers to rally behind its champions and its dreams of yet greater glory when it plays host to the games in 2008. — Reuters

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Five-star luxury for horses

Athens, August 17
For the only animals competing at the Olympics, Athens offered pure luxury today.
Every horse competing over the tough cross-country course was given five-star treatment afterwards — ice-cool rub-downs, de-misting fans and a vet to check for signs of stress.

Fortune was smiling on the four-legged Olympians too — a cooling breeze and low humidity spared them cauldron conditions.

Chief vet Leo Jeffcott said: “The horses have been taking the course really well today. The weather has been so kind to them.”

Archers and rowers dread swirling winds. But for the 75 horses taking to the hills at Markopoulo outside Athens with their riders, it was a heaven-sent relief as they negotiated 34 potentially deadly fences.

Horses can lose up to 20 litres of fluid and essential electrolytes by sweating so Jeffcott was watching for any signs of stress.

The fancied British riders had wrapped their horses in heavy blankets in training for Athens and the searing Mediterranean sun. One rider’s horse was even treated to sun lamp sessions.

But all was well on the big day.

New Zealand rider Heelan (correct) Tompkins said: “We were worried about the heat when we arrived but these de-misters were absolutely fantastic for the horses...if you had been doing cross-country here two days ago you would have been in trouble.” — Reuters

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Hoogenband, Phelps ‘Thorpedoed’

Athens, August 17
Ian Thorpe became Australia’s greatest Olympian and staked a claim to being the best swimmer of his generation when he won “the race of the century” at Athens yesterday.

Thorpe left both Pieter van den Hoogenband and American Michael Phelps in his wash as he triumphed in the 200 metres freestyle final on Monday, giving him his second gold medal in Athens and the fifth of his career.

Thorpe trailed Dutchman Van den Hoogenband through the first 150m but powered away on the final lap to touch first in one minute 44.71 seconds.

Van den Hoogenband was second in 1:45.23 and Phelps third in 1:45.32. Both would have won gold at any other Olympics but it was not good enough to beat Thorpe, who became the first Australian to win five Olympic gold medals.

“I swam the race I trained to swim, I made sure it was my race,” Thorpe said. “I’m a more mature swimmer now, more experienced, and I worked damn hard for this.”

China won their first swimming gold in eight years on Monday when two-time world champion Luo Xuejuan won the women’s 100m breaststroke while Natalie Coughlin and Aaron Peirsol combined to win the 100m backstroke double for the USA.

Luo, swimming in the outside lane, shot past the Australian pair of Brooke Hanson and Leisel Jones to win in 1:06.64 while the two Americans both hung on to win their events.

Coughlin held off Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry and French teenager Laure Manadou to win in 1:00.37 while Peirsol got to the wall in 54.06 — just ahead of Austrian Markus Rogan and Tomomi Morita of Japan. But their achievements were all torpedoed by the titanic 200 freestyle final, which lived up to all its hype.

Van den Hoogenband set out at a cracking pace, leading the field through the first 150m under world record pace. He was still in front turning for home world record holder Thorpe, who had been second all the way, mowed him down in the last 25 metres to win by half a body length.

Phelps was fourth after 50m but moved into third at the halfway stage and was not able to improve his position despite a late surge.

Phelps was promised $1 million if he could win at least seven gold medals in Athens, emulating the achievement of Mark Spitz at Munich in 1972, but his dream is over after just three days.

“How can I be disappointed ... he is one of, if not the greatest, middle-distance freestylers of all time,” Phelps said of Thorpe. “In my opinion he has a perfect stroke. It’s unbelievable how he moves through the water. It’s pretty to watch.”

Van den Hoogenband beat Thorpe to win the 200m gold in Sydney, and still holds the 100m world record, but was also in awe of the big Australian.

“I told him we were even now,” Van den Hoogenband said, before adding: “I gave it my best shot but he is the man in this distance.”

Thorpe won his first world title as a 15-year-old and, after winning three golds and two silvers at Sydney two years later, he also flirted with the idea of trying to match Spitz’s 1972 haul. — Reuters

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Australians hail Thorpe’s record

Melbourne, August 17
Bleary-eyed Australians hailed swimmer Ian Thorpe today after he won the 200 metres freestyle in Athens to become the sports-mad nation’s greatest Olympian with five gold medals.

Ominously for the rest of the swimming world, they expect him to go on and win more in Athens and then Beijing in 2008. Making a weary way to work after the overnight race, Australians were greeted with photographs of Thorpe punching the air and the words ‘’I’m Not Done Yet’’, a warning that he is already eyeing Beijing.

Dawn Fraser saluted Thorpe’s achievement in passing her four Olympic swimming gold medals and agreed there was more to come: ‘’I don’t think we’ve actually seen the best of him yet,’’ she said. ‘’If he is hungry enough to do it, he will win the 200 and 400 in Beijing.’’

Prime Minister John Howard was quick to congratulate Thorpe, saying: ‘’It’s a huge honour to be the greatest Olympian in Australia ever. It is a tremendous performance.’’ — Reuters

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Greek sprinters leave hospital

Greek sprinter Costas Kenteris, at the centre of a doping case dogging the Olympic Games, left an Athens hospital
Greek sprinter Costas Kenteris, at the centre of a doping case dogging the Olympic Games, left an Athens hospital on Tuesday. Kenteris is shown in a file photo. —Reuters photo

Athens, August 17
Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou, at the centre of a doping case dogging the Olympics, sped out of an Athens hospital today, their first appearance in public for five days.

The two had been there since they were involved in a mysterious motor cycle crash shortly after missing dope tests on Thursday. They were driven out in separate cars about 45 minutes apart.

‘’It’s a big injustice, I have never used banned substances — honestly,’’ Kenteris, a gold medallist at the Sydney games, told reporters swarming around his car as he left the hospital.

‘’All these people who crucify me on TV are the same people who wanted to be photographed with me after every success.

‘’But after crucifixion comes resurrection.’’

‘’I feel very saddened and disappointed by all that has been said. I will wait for the IOC decision tomorrow and continue to fight on for all those who feel Greek,’’, said Thanou, a silver medallist in Sydney.

‘’I will continue to fight for the country I love.’’

Already suspended by Greek sports officials, the training partners are due to attend an International Olympic Committee hearing tomorrow that could lead to them being banned from the games and subsequently for at least a year.

They also face a criminal investigation by a Greek state prosecutor. Kenteris and Thanou missed their drugs tests on the eve of the games opening ceremony.

The sprinters said they were on their way back to the Olympic village when they crashed. No other vehicles were involved and no witnesses have come forward.

The saga has cast a pall over the games for many Greeks who had considered Kenteris a national hero after winning a surprise gold in the 200 metres four years ago.

As he left hospital, the sprinter thanked his fans for their support. ‘’I would like to say to all the thousands of fans that have loved me, still love me and have shown me their love and support with hundreds of letters, calls, e-mails and flowers,’’ he said as he was about to be driven away. — Reuters

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Henin-Hardenne getting into her stride

Athens, August 17
World No 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne, sidelined for 11 weeks by a debilitating virus, swept into the third round of the Olympic tennis tournament today with a straight sets win over Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela.
The Belgian won 6-2 6-1 in a much-improved performance on her nervous start in the first round.

French Open women’s champion Anastasia Myskina of Russia, who dropped only one game in the first round, was up against Kristina Brandi of Puerto Rico.

Henin-Hardenne won the French Open and US Open in 2003 and the Australian Open at the start of this year, but she didn’t play for six weeks prior to this year’s French Open because of the virus, similar to glandular fever, which left the normally hyperactive Belgian wanting to sleep all the time. — AFP

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Intruder causes security shake-up

ATHENS: A Canadian husband’s love for his wife has led to a tightening up of security in all Olympic venues, Greek organisers announced here on Tuesday. The order to step up security was given after a spectator at the synchronised diving, dressed in a tutu and clown shoes, mounted one of the boards and plunged into the water on Monday evening.

He stayed in the pool for several minutes before officials at the Aquatic Centre realised he was not supposed to be there and pulled him out of the water.

The 31-year-old, whose name was not immediately released, was taken away by security staff and handed over to the police.

“He wanted to present a message to his wife by getting on television,” said Marton Simitsek, CEO of the Athens organising committee. “He took off his shirt and he had a message on his chest.” — AFP

Gay athlete

ATHENS: US equestrian Robert Dover is among the rarest of all 10,500 athletes in Athens, not only for his six Olympic appearances but because he is one of a handful of competitors who publicly identifies himself as gay.

Dover — along with some prominent former Olympians who came out after retiring — believe there are scores of other gay and lesbian athletes in an array of sports at these summer games, either fully in the closet or confiding only to a small circle of people.

Dover, a three-time bronze medalist who is captain of the dressage team, said many gay athletes simply want to stay focused on their performance and worry that publicising their sexual orientation could lead to distractions. — AP

Jailbreak

BANGKOK: Two Thai prisoners sneaked out of their jail cell at a Bangkok police station while their guards watched the Olympic Games, media reports said on Tuesday.

One of the escapees, Ekkapong Thongkham, facing charges of attempting to murder a policeman, was re-arrested on Monday but the second, suspected thief Somchai Techapan, is still at large, reported The Nation newspaper.

The “great escape” occurred on Sunday night during the live broadcast from Athens of Thai eightlifter Aree Wiratthawan, who won the country’s first gold medal in the games. — DPA

Appeal dismissed

ATHENS: Disgraced Kenyan boxer David Munyasia has lost his appeal against his expulsion from the Olympic Games for failing a drug test.

The 24-year-old bantamweight was kicked out of the Athens games after testing positive for the banned stimulant cathine but subsequently lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS). However, the appeal was dismissed, CAS said in a statement. — AFP

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Muralitharan to be back after 5 months

Melbourne, August 17
Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan had shoulder surgery overnight and will be back to full fitness in five months, the off spinner’s surgeon David Young said today.
“He’ll have his arm in a sling for four weeks and after about three months he will start bowling,’’ Young told Reuters.

“He would have a view towards playing in the Test series in New Zealand in January. I think he can be ready for that.

“He would be able to bowl in the nets over in New Zealand during the one-day series and we could monitor his progress for the Tests.”

Young had advised world record Test wicket-taker Muralitharan his future in the game could be under threat if he did not have surgery on his troublesome right shoulder.

New Zealand host a five-match series of one-dayers against Sri Lanka from December 26 to January 8. The first Test starts in Hamilton a week later.

Young said he was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the 32-year-old Muralitharan’s shoulder joint after 12 years of international cricket.

Muralitharan has 532 wickets, five more than Australia leg spinner Shane Warne.

Warne, who completed a 12-month doping ban in February this year, will have a chance to claim the record during Australia’s four-Test tour of India in October.

Muralitharan told reporters last week in Melbourne he thought Warne was a wonderful bowler and deserved the title of world record holder.

The Sri Lankan pulled out of the second and final Test against South Africa in Colombo last week and will miss the ICC Champions Trophy one-day tournament in England next month. Muralitharan has been called for throwing during his career but has had his action cleared by officials. He has taken his wickets in 91 Tests. — Reuters

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Impressive win for Jharkhand eves

Kapurthala, August 17
Defending champions Jharkhand began their campaign in great style by scoring an impressive 5-1 victory over Mizoram in group ‘A’ match on the inaugural day of the 17th Dhanoa Sub-Junior National Women Hockey Championship at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.
The winners led 3-1 at half time.

After settling down, the Jharkhand girls started displaying their class and Anima put her team ahead with a brilliant field goal in the 12th minute. Six minutes later, she again was on target with another field goal.

Jharkhand maintained their pressure and in the 29th minute Shilwanti made it 3-0. Underdogs Mizoram got their solitary goal four minutes before the lemon break as Lakhantini converted a penalty corner with a sizzling drive.

In the second half, Jharkhand scored two more goals through Roshni (53rd) and Shilwanti (59th). Jharkhand could have won still by a bigger margin had they converted nine penalty corners which were awarded to them. Mizoram were able to convert one penalty corner out of three they got.

Runners-up Karnataka got a mild setback as they were forced to split points with Chhattisgarh by sharing two goals in their pool ‘B’ opening encounter. After a barren first half, Chhattisgarh drew the first blood through outside left A Khujur who caught the Karnataka defence on the wrong foot before scoring a field goal in the 50th minute.

Last year’s runners-up Karnataka hit back in the 56th minute when inside right Kritika converted a penalty corner. Karnataka forced nine penalty corners while Chhattisgarh frittered away three penalty corners.

The pool ‘C’ match between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh ended in a goalless draw. Uttar Pradesh had an upper hand but failed to translate their territorial supremacy into goals. They wasted six penalty corners. Madhya Pradesh missed three penalty corners.

Orissa handed a 16-0 drubbing to Gujarat in their first group D encounter. In a one-sided affair, Orissa scored through SS Barua (5th, 13th, 36th, 43rd minutes), R Ekka (9th, 46th, 58th minutes), Pritma Ekka (31st, 32nd, 44th minutes), Banita (9th, 35th minutes), Banita Kindo (26th, 51st minutes) and Reshma Kajur (8th, 35th minutes). — UNI

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Prakharvel hits the bull’s eye for gold
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 17
Prakharvel Kulshrestha hit the bull’s eye with unfailing regularity to lift the gold in the 10-metre air pistol event of the Haryana State Shooting Championship held at the Karni Singh Shooting Ranges here.

Prakharvel, who is the son of Arjuna Awardee Rachna Govil, pipped Vishal Chaudhary and Surya Pratap Singh to the gold with his consistent display. He shot 339 while Vishal finished second at 333 and Surya third at 295.

Around 100 shooters from Haryana participated in the three-day championship, conducted under the ISSF and NRAI rules. Thirty shooters, including Prakharvel, qualified to participate in the All-India G.V. Mavlankar Championship, to be held at Coimbatore in September.

In the air pistol for junior women, Amanpreet hit 314 targets to take the first position while Sarbjit and Sucheta Narwat accounted for the second and third position, respectively.

Amanpreet made it a double when she won the peep sight air rifle gold with a score of 353. Anita and Neeraj Dahiya took the second and third position, in that order.

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Punjab Colts triumph

Chennai, August 17
Punjab Colts gained eight points by registering a nine-wicket victory over Air Sahara in their first Group B league match in the Sahara Buchi Babu All India Invitation Cricket Tournament at the MA Chidambaram stadium here today.

Set a target of 64 to win, Punjab Colts, helped by an unbeaten 25 (24 b, 5x4) by Simaranjit Singh, scored 67 losing one wicket in 10.2 overs. Earlier, resuming at 95 for five, Air Sahara were bowled out again for a paltry 143 in 40.3 overs.

Overnight not out batsman Anshul Lamba fell for the same score of 41 (85 b, 3x4) while Ajit Chandala remained unbeaten on 31 (29 b, 2x4, 1x6). Punjab Colts will meet Bengal in their second match in the league phase from August 19.

Brief Scores: Air Sahara 191 and 143 in 40.3 overs (Anshul Lamba 41, Ajit Chandala 31 n.o) lost to Punjab Colts 271 for 9 and 67 for 1 in 10.2 overs (Simaranjit Singh 25 n.o). — UNI

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Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

China

10

4

2

16

Australia

6

2

5

13

Japan

6

1

1

8

USA

3

5

5

13

Russia

2

5

3

10

France

2

2

3

7

Italy

2

2

1

5

Ukraine

2

1

1

4

Greece

2

0

1

3

Turkey

2

0

1

3

Germany

1

2

1

4

S Korea

1

1

2

4

Hungary

1

1

1

3

Thailand

1

0

2

3

S Africa

1

0

0

1

UAE

1

0

0

1

N’lands

0

2

3

5

N. Korea

0

2

1

3

Austria

0

2

0

2

Poland

0

2

0

2

Slovakia

0

1

1

2

Georgia

0

1

0

1

Britain

0

1

0

1

India

0

1

0

1

Indonesia

0

1

0

1

Portugal

0

1

0

1

Serbia- Montenegro

0

1

0

1

Zimbabwe

0

1

0

1

Spain

0

1

0

1

Cuba

0

0

4

4

Belgium

0

0

2

2

Brazil

0

0

2

2

Bulgaria

0

0

2

2

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